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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-05-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 279
Posted By Bunker
Re: Start an LLC?

Oh no! Yikes. Good to know and thanks for chiming in.

I guess the caveat I should have added is that I make my living 1099, and did it as a sole proprietorship for many years before 2018. Sorry if I...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-04-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 279
Posted By Bunker
Re: Start an LLC?

(Disclaimer: I am not an accountant. You should talk to one. I find this whole part of the business as confusing as anyone.)

Whether or not you form an LLC depends on how much money you're making...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-28-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 860
Posted By Bunker
Re: Looking for an agent

There's not really a marketable "hook" in that logline. But the worlds of the story —*drugs, gangs, high school romance, race relations —*are VERY marketable.

If you have personal knowledge of the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-09-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 652
Posted By Bunker
Re: Good Advice From Writers

(paraphrasing) "There are no rules in fiction. You can do anything you can get away with. But nobody has ever gotten away with much." - Flannery O'Connor
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-03-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,217
Posted By Bunker
Re: A Note about Notes

One big problem writers have when soliciting feedback is that they do it TOO LATE in the process.

They've spent months crafting this story and perfecting the script and only then ask for honest...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-20-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,162
Posted By Bunker
Re: Opinion Needed About Querying Managers at the Same Company

As someone else on this board said long ago—

"Query 'em all and let God sort it out."
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-06-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,066
Posted By Bunker
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

It was kinda both.

I went into meetings my reps set up, and people would ask what else I had. I mentioned these scripts and their reactions were:

Them: Sounds cool. Send it over.

Me: I should...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-06-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,916
Posted By Bunker
Re: What are you looking for?

It's important to clarify that voice and concept are not independent variables.

What you choose to write about is part of your voice. As are the decisions you make within that concept.

Young...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-24-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,066
Posted By Bunker
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

I'll never say never, but I don't feel the need to right now. I've built a brand and a following. I'm not really in a rush to hand all that over to Harper-Collins along with a cut of the royalties....
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-23-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,066
Posted By Bunker
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

Several years ago, a producer got me to write a script for free. My reps were excited because it was based on a big optioned property with an up-and-coming director attached. It was the project that...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-17-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 615
Posted By Bunker
Re: 3 month option deal advice

I agree with what everyone is saying about accepting notes and being collaborative. But I want to add one caveat, at least with regards to how I approach this business.

A producer needs to PAY me...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-14-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,834
Posted By Bunker
Re: Doing well in too many contests is a red flag for reps?

The thing is, if someone asks "What else ya got?" then pitch them ONE completed script. Two max.

Then talk about the list of ideas you have that are so great that it's gonna blow the sample that...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 07-27-2019, 10:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,954
Posted By Bunker
Re: Synopsis -- Producer to Financiers

That makes more sense, regarding the question about being a producer.

As for the synopsis length, see if there are any subplots or extraneous characters you can cut. Try keeping things as narrowly...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 07-26-2019, 11:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,954
Posted By Bunker
Re: Synopsis -- Producer to Financiers

Writing a synopsis is a bit of its own art form. It takes a few drafts to truly make them sing, especially if it's a sales document and not just coverage. It's really easy for a reader's eyes to...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-24-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By Bunker
Re: Rejection/Passes...

We don't talk enough about the mental challenges of being a professional writer.

On the one hand, I love stories like this about Chris Nolan, believing in himself and powering through the rejection...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 07-24-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 632
Posted By Bunker
Re: Advice Pls - Producer Wants to Talk

Congrats on getting interest! No matter what comes of this, that's great news.

First of all, relax. It's never good to approach this career from a place of fear. You're not going to blow your...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-18-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pitch structure

Depends on what stage of your career you're at.

If you're still a relatively unknown quantity, then I disagree with your manager.

OWA pitches are won and lost on two criteria:

1. Vision
2....
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-18-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pitch structure

Are you pitching for an OWA or for your own project?

And are you pitching to a creative exec or the big boss?

It's too bad that the word "pitch" is such a broadly used term in the industry. It...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-04-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,664
Posted By Bunker
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

I'm not quite sure what position you're arguing. I agree — a screenplay is fundamentally different than a novel or a poem. I don't see anyone disagreeing with that. Other posters are using examples...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-02-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,664
Posted By Bunker
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

If you're intending to direct it yourself and you've lined up the financing, then I'd agree.

But if you're going through the traditional route of getting producers, execs, talent, and financers to...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 06-28-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,967
Posted By Bunker
Re: So here's the situation, or rather dilemma...

That actually makes things more confusing for me.

Story-wise, how intertwined is the script with the article?

Is the article the basis for the story in the script (e.g., ARGO)?

Or was the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-13-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By Bunker
Re: I have a problem with a co-writer

Ugh. That sucks. What a mess.

Keeping in mind that I am NOT a copyright lawyer, here are my thoughts...

The answer to your problem is right here:



And he's right. You can't take his writing and...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-26-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,206
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pilot vs Novel and the Author's Rights

Wow. So much disdain for self-publishing in this thread!

Here's my story:

When my agent found out I was writing a novel, he tried to hook me up with a book agent at the NY branch of his company....
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 11-19-2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,966
Posted By Bunker
Re: Very unique situation - how to query manager/agent?

Yep. That's fine. Do it.

It's hard to give anything more than general advice without knowing the franchise or seeing the articles so that I can gauge the actual heat.

But I disagree with some of...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-24-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,457
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pleasing the Lead

It's kind of impossible for me to give much advice without reading the actual script. But I do think you should examine Terminator 2 for inspiration.

There's all sorts of action and excitement in...
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